Andrew Root, Associate Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, is back on the podcast to talk about his new book, Faith Formation in a Secular Age. This is the first of three books engaging Charles Taylor’s work.; church’s obsession with Youthfulness

Andrew and Tripp talk about their mutual love for Charles Taylor, Andrew’s work expanding it into a new way of understanding God’s presence, ministry, and divine action, the origins of youth ministry in America, and the church’s obsession with youthfulness.

Andrew also explains the origins of the book, how Taylor’s work offers a great way to interpret what young people are going through, explains what Taylor means by the Age of Authenticity, and the politics of recognition.

Plus, they discuss Bonhoeffer and the youth movement, the church’s desire for recognition by today’s youth, secularism and the reduction of faith, the burden of belief, divine action, mystical experiences and church membership, and Andrew gives a little taste of what the second book in the series will be about…

If you want to hang out with Tripp, Andrew, and many others in Minneapolis for the Science for Youth Ministry Conference: Jesus Rode a Dinosaur: Faithful Youth Ministry in a Scientific Age, click here to get tickets and more info.

If you don’t want to wait that long and are in North Carolina, you won’t want to miss the Theology Nerd Bootcamp and Live Podast Why God Loves Science on March 2nd in Chapel Hill. Get tickets and more information here.